WDHB signs up for what could be Waimarino's first community careers expo
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13 February 2014

Newly-appointed WDHB Whānau Ora workforce coordinator Lianne Kohere
 
Whanganui District Health Board’s Māori Health Service (WDHB) has signed up to host a health stand at what is believed to be the first ever community careers expo held in the Waimarino District.
 
Newly-appointed WDHB Whānau Ora workforce coordinator Lianne Kohere has welcomed the opportunity to join the expo due to open at 3pm on 26 February at Ruapehu College.
 
Experienced at leading secondary school careers expos, Mrs Kohere is delighted this one is being pitched at students as well as those seeking work, and that it’s the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Group who are organising it.
 
“Of course, everyone in the community is welcome to approach our stand to discuss health careers and we invite them to do so,” Mrs Kohere says.
 
“It’s all about us being able to connect with people in the area and encouraging those interested in health careers to pursue them.
 
“The Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Group is working hard to identify education and employment opportunities for the Waimarino. They are particularly keen to see more Maori taking up health careers.
 
“Given the WDHB’s high profile in the area it’s fitting that our Māori Health Service does all it can to support this initiative and that we do this with a careers stand.”
 
Ohakune’s Ngati Rangi Community Health Centre manager Bonnie Sue and Raetihi’s Te Puke Karanga manager Pet MacDonnell will support Mrs Kohere at the three-hour expo.
 
  • Established in July 2013, the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Group emerged from a 'Think Tank' held in September 2011. Following the launch of their Scoping Report, the group’s Team and Community Reference Group has been focused on delivering their transformation plan titled The Solutions. To learn more about the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Group go to: www.ngatirangi.com/ruapehu-whanau-transformation.aspx